It hit #1 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart, and the single spent three weeks in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was aided by a popular early MTV music video.  The song, like BOC's other hit songs "Godzilla" and "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", was sung by guitarist Buck Dharma, who also co-wrote the song.
- Lisa Marie Presley covered this song on her 2005 album Now What.
- Iced Earth did a cover of this song and "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll", another Blue Öyster Cult song, on their tribute album Tribute to the Gods.
- Shiny Toy Guns covered this song for the television commercial for the 2010 Lincoln MKS.
- Mike Watt covered this song on the compilation Guilt by Association Vol. 1. It is a compilation album released September 4, 2007 by Engine Room Recordings. It features indie rock artists covering well-known pop and R&B songs.